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  1. Blocked by Joey Votto, Reds prospect Yonder Alonso moves to left field

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Yonder Alonso has played exclusively first base in the minors since being the seventh overall pick in the 2008 draft, but with Joey Votto blocking his path to Cincinnati for the next decade or so the Reds have decided to shift him to the outfield. MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports that Alonso will begin this season…

  2. Jason Giambi replaces Todd Helton in Game 3

    Apr 7, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    When the Rockies re-signed Jason Giambi in January they talked about wanting to work him into the lineup by giving 36-year-old Todd Helton more frequent days off and sure enough he’s already getting a rest in Game 3 this afternoon. It seems kind of silly that someone would need a day off less than a…

  3. Daily Dose: Reyes Ready to Return?

    Apr 7, 2010, 2:02 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes went 1-for-3 with two steals in an extended spring training game Monday and followed that up by going 2-for-5 with two walks in another extended spring game Tuesday night. Perhaps just as importantly, Reyes played all nine innings at shortstop, possibly signaling that he could be cleared to return from his thyroid disorder…

  4. Yankees bench Brett Gardner for Marcus Thames against Jon Lester

    Apr 6, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    Brett Gardner is the Yankees’ starting left fielder, but after playing the opener against right-hander Josh Beckett he’s on the bench tonight against left-hander Jon Lester. Marcus Thames takes Gardner’s place, which makes a lot of sense if the Yankees are willing to live with the massive defensive downgrade in left field. Thames has a…

  5. 27.7 percent of players on Opening Day rosters are foreign born

    Apr 6, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Major League Baseball released some interesting data regarding player birth places, noting that the number of foreign-born players on Opening Day rosters is at a four-year low. Of course, “four-year low” is probably misleading given that this year’s rate of 27.7 percent isn’t all that far from the all-time high of 29.2 percent in 2005.…

  6. Alex Gordon ready to begin rehab assignment

    Apr 6, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

    On the disabled list with a broken right thumb suffered early in spring training, Alex Gordon is now scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday at Single-A. Gordon is eligible to return from the disabled list Saturday, but MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel reports that he won’t be ready quite that soon. Willie Bloomquist filled in…

  7. Yankees at 3-to-1 lead World Series odds

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    One of the few things I like more than gambling is baseball, so the “futures” odds on teams winning the World Series are always interesting. Here’s what Bodog is offering right now (for entertainment purposes only, of course): AMERICAN LEAGUE ODDS NATIONAL LEAGUE ODDS New York Yankees 3-1 Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 Boston Red Sox 6-1…

  8. Rays start Dioner Navarro over Kelly Shoppach

    Apr 6, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    When the Rays acquired Kelly Shoppach from the Indians this offseason I wondered what type of role that left for Dioner Navarro, because while the two catchers could form a platoon Tampa Bay seemingly paid too high a price for Shoppach to play him just 2-3 times per week. The jury is still out in…

  9. Scott Kazmir on track to return next week, but will his raw stuff come back?

    Apr 6, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Scott Kazmir admitted to being “very surprised” by the Angels’ decision to place him on the disabled list with a sore shoulder. Instead of beginning the season in the rotation Kazmir threw 77 pitches in a minor-league game and reported afterward that he felt “real good.” Kazmir is scheduled to start another minor-league game Friday…

  10. Daily Dose: Everyone, Meet Mr. Heyward

    Apr 6, 2010, 1:53 AM EDT

    In a moment the baseball gods couldn’t have scripted much better, 20-year-old stud prospect Jason Heyward made his big-league debut Monday afternoon and blasted a three-run homer 450 feet off Carlos Zambrano in his first at-bat. The crowd in Atlanta chanted Heyward’s name before he stepped into the batter’s box and the post-homer scene can…

  11. Albert Pujols homers twice in Opening Day win

    Apr 5, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

    New season, same best player in the world. Albert Pujols went 4-for-5 with two homers, three RBIs, and four runs this afternoon as the Cardinals blew out the Reds in Cincinnati. He now has the following career numbers in 142 games versus the Reds: .365 with 42 homers, 48 doubles, 121 RBIs, and 131 runs.…

  12. Why are the Reds rushing prospect Mike Leake?

    Apr 5, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    In my “Daily Dose” column this morning I wondered why the Reds decided to have last year’s first-round pick, Mike Leake, completely skip the minors to join their rotation. To me it makes little sense on several different levels, because at 22 years old giving him a couple months at Double-A or Triple-A would probably…

  13. Neftali Feliz will be Rangers' primary setup man

    Apr 5, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Ron Washington just confirmed that Neftali Feliz will be the Rangers’ eighth-inning setup man in front of closer Frank Francisco. Feliz established himself as an elite starter prospect in the minors, but joined the Rangers’ bullpen for his big-league debut last August and was nearly unhittable down the stretch, tossing 31 innings with a 1.74…

  14. Brewers bench Corey Hart for Jim Edmonds

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Not only did Jim Edmonds earn a spot on the Brewers at age 39 after sitting out all of last season, he’s in their Opening Day lineup starting in place of Corey Hart in right field and batting fifth behind Prince Fielder. Hart was brutal this spring, batting 11-for-64 (.172) with 18 strikeouts while Edmonds…

  15. Red Sox set to announce Josh Beckett extension

    Apr 5, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have scheduled a press conference about Josh Beckett for three o’clock this afternoon, which likely means the two sides have officially agreed to the contract extension that was reported to be close last week. Beckett’s new deal is expected to cover four seasons and pay the 31-year-old right-hander about $68 million. Toss…

  16. Hank Blalock changes mind, accepts assignment to Triple-A

    Apr 5, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Last week, when the Rays were still deciding whether or not to keep him around, Hank Blalock made it abundantly clear that he would not accept an assignment to the minors. I don’t have any plans on playing minor-league baseball this year. At this time in my life, if there’s no major-league opportunities for me…

  17. Daily Dose: Opening Dose

    Apr 5, 2010, 1:13 AM EDT

    While the Red Sox and Yankees give us a pretty decent Game 1 of 2,430, here are some news and notes from around baseball … * As expected, the Rockies placed Huston Street on the disabled list Sunday with a sore shoulder. Street already experienced a setback with the injury during spring training, so while…

  18. Russell Martin ahead of schedule, set for opener

    Apr 2, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Russell Martin was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a groin injury suffered early in spring training, but he’s far enough ahead of schedule that manager Joe Torre now expects the 27-year-old to be ready for Opening Day: That’s what we’re expecting right now. Once we made the commitment to play him in the…

  19. Rays opt not to keep Hank Blalock for bench job

    Apr 2, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays have chosen Reid Brignac over Hank Blalock for their final bench spot, so Blalock “will assess his other major-league options for a few days” after saying earlier this week that he’d refuse an assignment to the minors. Topkin speculates that Blalock “could end up…

  20. So much for the committee: Gardenhire picks Jon Rauch as closer

    Apr 2, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Ron Gardenhire announced that the Twins would use a closer-by-committee approach to replace Joe Nathan initially, but the manager has apparently already changed his mind. Gardenhire said this afternoon that Jon Rauch will begin the season at closer, which is actually what I was expecting all along until the closer-by-committee curveball. Rauch…

  21. Yankees limping to the spring training finish line

    Apr 2, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Injuries are piling up for the Yankees with about 55 hours to go before their Opening Night matchup against the Red Sox. Jorge Posada sat out his second straight game today with a sore neck. Damaso Marte is unavailable out of the bullpen because of what manager Joe Girardi describes as “cranky left shoulder.” And…

  22. Brandon Webb gets cortisone shot after setback

    Apr 2, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb recently got a cortisone injection in his surgically repaired right shoulder and will take several days off before resuming his rehab program, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Webb began throwing bullpen sessions in January, but experienced multiple setbacks and hasn’t pitched off a mound for several weeks. Here’s what the former Cy…

  23. Matt Stairs sheds 40 pounds, makes Padres

    Apr 2, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    Officially the Padres haven’t announced their Opening Day roster yet, but MLB.com’s Lyle Spencer reports that Matt Stairs has made the team as a left-handed bench bat. Stairs is one of my favorite players in part because he takes every swing like he’s trying to murder the baseball, in part because he’s fearlessly sported a…

  24. Nick Adenhart murder suspect wants to move trial

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Andrew Gallo, the man charged with killing Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two friends last year, has requested a change of venue for his upcoming trial because “the publicity surrounding the April 9, 2009 crash will make it hard for Gallo to get a fair trial.” Gallo has pleaded not guilty to three counts of…

  25. Rangers likely done pursuing Mike Lowell after claiming Ryan Garko off waivers

    Apr 1, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Cut by the Mariners earlier this week, Ryan Garko has been claimed off waivers by the Rangers and fits as the right-handed bench bat manager Ron Washington has been clamoring for recently. His arrival seemingly also makes the Rangers significantly less likely to trade for Mike Lowell, because Garko is every bit as good a…

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